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The Asian Development BankJapan
Scholarship Program aims to provide
opportunities to qualied citizens of
ADB developing member countries
(DMCs) undertake postgraduate
studies in economics, business and
management, science and technology,
and other development-related elds
at selected educational institutions
in the Asia and Pacic region. After
completing their studies, the scholars
are expected to return to their home
countries to apply enhanced knowledge
and skills toward accelerated economic
and social development.
For more information on ADBJSP, e-mail or visit
1988 An agreement between ADB and the Government of Japan was signed on
8 April 1988, establishing the ADBJapan Scholarship Program. Eight universities were
designated partners: Asian Institute of Management, International Rice Research
Institute/University of the Philippines at Los Baos, Asian Institute of Technology,
University of Sydney, EastWest Center/University of Hawaii, Lahore University of
Management Sciences, International University of Japan, and Indian Institute of
Technology Delhi.
1989 Three new institutions were included in the program: National University of
Singapore, the University of Tokyo, and University of Hong Kong.
1990 The National Centre for Development Studies of the Australian National
University joined the ADBJSP as its 12th designated institution.
1994 An o cial from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, was seconded to
ADB to help monitor the use of grant funds for the program. The presence of the o cial
enhanced the coordination of ADBJSP between ADB and the Government of Japan.
1995 Two new designated institutionsthe Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering of the Saitama University and the University of Aucklandwere added to
the program.
1996 Thammasat University and the University of Melbourne were added to the
ADBJSP making a total of 16 participating institutions in 10 member countries. The
administration of the program, supervised by the Japan Special Fund coordinator, was
transferred from the Education, Health and Population Division of the Agriculture and
Social Sectors Department (West) to the O ce of Conancing Operations.
1999 The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (formerly Policy Science of
Saitama University) was established as an independent postgraduate university and
became the 17th participating institution of the ADBJSP.
2000 ADB designated the Graduate School of International Development of the
Nagoya University to participate in the program, bringing the total number of
participating institutions to 18.
2001 ADB reactivated the JapanADB Scholarship Alumni Association (JASAA).
Gatherings of scholars were organized in Hawaii and Tokyo.
2002 Scholars and alumni gathered in Canberra, at the ADB headquarters in Manila,
and in Bangkok.
2003 New implementing guidelines were approved to make them
more relevant to the current direction of the ADBJSP: (i) maximum
duration of scholarship award is 2 years, (ii) applicants should not be
more than 35 years old at the time of application, and (iii) designated
institutions were encouraged to provide tuition fee discounts to
outstanding scholars. A gathering of students was held at the ADB
Institute in Tokyo.
2004 ADB designated under the JSP the International Graduate
Programs on Advanced Science and Technology of the Keio
University and the School of Economics of the Ritsumeikan University,
bringing the number of designated institutions to 20. The rst
gathering of alumni in Indonesia, an ADB DMC with no designated
institution, was organized in August. The ADBJSP website was linked
to the 20 designated institutions.
2005 The ADBJSP continued to intensify its outreach to scholars
and alumni by hosting two gatheringsat the ADB headquarters
and in Ha Noi.
2006 The ADBJSP continued to strengthen JASAA through
increased networking by hosting alumni gatherings in Cambodia and
Mongolia. The Operations Evaluation Department started the special
evaluation study on the ADBJSP.
2007 ADBJSP consultation missions are important in eectively
administering the program. ADBJSP missions were elded to
three Japanese designated institutions in May (with the Executive
Director for Japan) and to designated institutions in Hong Kong,
China; Australia; and New Zealand. The special evaluation study was
completed; it concluded that the performance of the program has
been successful and worth continuing.
2008 ADBJSP intensied its outreach to scholars and Filipino
alumni by hosting a gathering of scholars from the Asian Institute
of Management and the International Rice Research Institute at the
ADB headquarters.
2009 ADB designated seven new institutions [six in JapanTokyo
Institute of Technology (Department of International Development
Engineering), Kyushu University (Graduate School of Bioresource and
Bioenvironmental Sciences and Graduate School of Law), University
of Tsukuba (Program in Economic and Public Policy Management),
Kobe University (Graduate School of International Cooperation
Studies), Hitotsubashi University (Asian Public Policy Program), and
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacic University (Graduate School of Asia Pacic
Studies)and 1 in SingaporeNanyang Technological University
(Nanyang Graduate School of BusinessNTU-Waseda Double MBA
Program)]. The rst ADBJSP Scholars Research Forum was held at the
ADB Institute in September.
2010 The second ADBJSP Scholars Research Forum was held at
the ADB Institute in April with 53 participants. An alumni tracer study
was conducted in September, receiving 14% respondents of the total
alumni. Overall, the study showed that ADBJSP has been successful in
meeting its objective of developing human resources in ADB DMCs.
2011 Two ADBJSP Scholars Research Forum were held during
the yearthe fourth conducted at the Nagoya University
(75 participants) in June, and the fth held at the ADB headquarters
in December for the Asian Institute of Management and the
International Rice Research Institute scholars (80 participants,
including 20 Filipino alumni).
2012 The fth ADBJSP Scholars Research Forum was held at the
ADB Institute in June with 114 participants. An alumni tracer study
was successfully conducted with the participation of 34% of the
2,499 graduates. The program signicantly beneted the scholars
in terms of gaining new technical knowledge and skills, career
advancement, employment in key institutions and enterprises, and
expansion of network of professionals. The ADBJSP contributed
greatly in increasing human capital in home countries of the scholars
who ll key and strategic positions in government, the academe,
and the business sector. Over 25 years, the ADBJSP has implicitly
established a network of inuential people in the DMCs through the
scholars and the institutions they work with. The social capital built by
the scholarship program will help ADB and the Government of Japan
in their development projects in the DMCs.
Asian Development Bank
Japan Scholarship Program
Funded by the Government of Japan
Qualified citizens of developing member countries of the Asian
Development Bank (ADB), who intend to pursue postgraduate studies
in economics, management, science and technology, and other
development-related fields, are invited to apply for scholarships
under the Asian Development BankJapan Scholarship Program
(ADBJSP). Upon successful completion of the graduate program, the
scholars are expected to return to their country and contribute to its
socioeconomic development. Scholarships are awarded for graduate
studies at designated institutions in courses of study approved by ADB.
The program especially welcomes qualified women applicants who have
limited financial means to obtain university education.
The Scholarships
Level of Education: postgraduate (masters)
Duration: 1 to 2 years
Coverage: tuition fees, subsistence allowance (including housing),
books, medical insurance, economy airfare, and research subsidy
Academic Institutions
Q AustraliaAustralian National University (Crawford School of
Economics and Government), University of Melbourne, University
of Sydney
Q China, Peoples Republic ofUniversity of Hong Kong
Q IndiaIndian Institute of Technology Delhi
Q JapanHitotsubashi University; International University of Japan;
Keio University (Graduate School of Economics, Graduate School
of System Design and Management, and International Graduate
Programs on Advanced Science and Technology); Kobe University;
Kyushu University; Nagoya University (Graduate School of
International Development); National Graduate Institute for Policy
Studies; Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University; Ritsumeikan University
(Graduate School of Economics); Saitama University (Department
of Civil and Environmental Engineering); Tokyo Institute of
Technology; University of Tokyo (Department of Civil Engineering,
Department of Urban Engineering, Graduate School of Public Policy,
Institute of Environmental Studies, and School of International
Health); University of Tsukuba
Q New ZealandUniversity of Auckland
Q PakistanLahore University of Management Sciences
Q PhilippinesAsian Institute of Management; International Rice
Research Institute/University of the Philippines, Los Baos
Q SingaporeNanyang Technological University (Nanyang Business
School), National University of Singapore
Q ThailandAsian Institute of Technology, Thammasat University
Q USAEastWest Center/University of Hawaii
Eligibility Requirements
Prospective applicants must:
Q be a citizen of an ADB developing member country
Q have at least 2 years of work experience
Q have gained admission to an approved course in a designated
Q be proficient in oral and written English communication skills
Q be in good health
Q be not more than 35 years old at the time of application
(Staff of ADB and the designated institutions and their close
relatives are not eligible to apply.)
Application Requirements
Applicants should obtain an application form from the designated
institution of their choice and submit the completed form and required
documentation to the institution. Applicants should indicate on the
application form that they wish to be considered for an ADBJSP
scholarship. (ADB will select the scholars from among those admitted
by the institutions. A separate application to ADB is not necessary.)
For further information, visit the ADBJSP website.
Printed on recycled paper Asian Development Bank Publication Stock No. ARM135700 May 2013